April 08, 2019

Minority Caucus

Carlos Rodríguez-Vidal,     
Minority Caucus Chair

Carlos Rodríguez-Vidal, Minority Caucus Chair

Our Minority Caucus Meeting will take  place on Sunday, January 27, 2018, 3:00pm – 5:30pm, at the Caesars Palace, Florentine Ballroom II (Promenade Level) at the 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting.

 2019 Midyear Meeting Agenda 

 2018 Annual Mtg. Minutes

 HOD Resolution & Reports 

Operating Rules

Chair’s Column, Caucus Connection, January 2019

Happy New Year and greetings to all! I am looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas at our 2019 Midyear Meeting. As a reminder, the meeting of the Minority Caucus of the House of Delegates will convene at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27, 2018 at the Caesar’s Palace Hotel, Florentine Ballroom (Promenade Level). We will adjourn as close to 5:30 p.m. as possible, or when our business has concluded, whichever is earlier.

We are also looking forward to receiving our usual report from the national affinity bar association Delegates to the House and a report from our Operating Rules Committee that has reviewed how we can best conduct business within our Caucus. We will consider amendments to the Operating Rules.  Continued Here...


The Minority Caucus of the ABA House of Delegates (House) provides a forum for racial or ethnic minority members of the House and those House members who have an interest in diversity issues -- to:

  • Identify and propose key issues to the House and assist in developing a leadership pool for minorities in the American Bar Association.
  • Provide a forum for HOD members to meet and 
  • network with one another prior to the opening session; discuss controversial or interesting reports and recommendations on the upcoming house agenda, often including inviting proponents and opponents to speak; and mentor new minority members.
  • Hear presentations from candidates for ABA officer and Board positions so that we can become acquainted with or reinforce relationships with the organization's top leaders and pose questions to candidates on their backgrounds and positions in a reasonably small setting.
  • Invite members of the Board of Governors to address the group so as to alert the Caucus members of key issues facing the ABA and Board and to facilitate an opportunity for input into the Board decision-making process
  • Participate in the ABA presidential appointment process and invite the President-elect or designee to attend and address the group so as to help to inform other groups about potential appointment opportunities.
  • Assist in developing a leadership pool for minorities in the ABA as we identify, encourage, and support minorities to apply for or run for leadership posts throughout the ABA and provide a means of recruiting and mentoring candidates to ensure there is always a ready pool of talent.
  • Work together to initiate, support, or oppose House resolutions in conjunction with others in the House, thus using the strength of the group to propose matters that merit House action and building coalitions with other House members to advocate for or against resolutions of interest to the Caucus.
  • Participate in the House of Delegates orientation program so as to acquaint new members with the existence and purposes of the Minority Caucus and to raise a higher profile for Caucus activities within the House structure.

The Caucus meets twice a year, at the ABA Annual and Midyear Meetings. In recent years, these meetings have been scheduled for the Sunday afternoon preceding the opening of the House. Check the meeting program book for dates, times and locations.

The Minority Caucus meeting is open to all members of the profession. Invite your friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the Caucus listserv, please send an email to diversity@americanbar.org.